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Signs look good

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The Colorado economy is stable and gaining strength. That’s what is coming down through the pipeline from those in the know at the state and local levels. State Treasurer Mike Coffman released a statement on Jan. 19 that the “best reflection of economic optimism” is a forecasted 3.8 percent increase in sales and income tax… Continue Reading Signs look good

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Driving home the business

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Buy a Volkswagen this weekend and no more credit card debt. If it snows more than four inches on New Year’s Day, the SUV you purchase this week is free. Come in and buy a Ford truck today, and we’ll send you on a shopping spree. It’s how they lure the customer through the doors.… Continue Reading Driving home the business

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Office design trends are bringing the outside in

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Let’s face it. Working in a drab, outdated office is no fun. Most folks spend at least eight hours per day at work and they don’t want to feel smothered, cramped or uncomfortable. They don’t want to forget what blue skies, sunshine and the outside world look like. Companies all over the United States are… Continue Reading Office design trends are bringing the outside in

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The ball will be dropping soon…

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The time for making New Year’s resolutions has arrived. Some folks say their goal is to lose weight. Others vow to spend more time with their families. And an even smaller percentage of adults in the United States have their careers in mind when drafting resolutions. A survey developed by Accountemps, a division of Robert… Continue Reading The ball will be dropping soon…

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The National Automobile Dealers Association, in coordination with statistics from financial services company Comerica, reports that in 1979 Americans had to work 22.9 weeks to buy a new car. Despite that today’s new car costs are about the same as a house in the Midwest in the mid-to-late seventies, Americans have to work a couple… Continue Reading Automobile sales are putting the pedal to the metal

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In the last column, I hoped to convince you not to chase the hot stocks or follow the top investment gurus. The same is true regarding the hot asset classes – cash, bonds, and stocks and subsets like foreign and domestic stocks. In this column, I’m going to show you what does work – asset… Continue Reading Wealth and risk – what portfolio mix is right for you?

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It's O.K. to take a break from work

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The wilderness of the Rockies and the sands of Maui beckon. Things like sleeping in and spending time with loved ones are probably long overdue. Everyone deserves some time off. From coaches and caregivers to CEOs and investment bankers, the employed in the United States could use a break every now and then. Americans work… Continue Reading It's O.K. to take a break from work

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A new bad kid on the block

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They pop up on computers all over the country. The ads that often make Internet browsing and research a chore have a way of slowing things down. They want people to click yes to receive a free credit report. They ask for survey participants. They are even the bearers of bad news. When someone receives… Continue Reading A new bad kid on the block

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Franchise or concept?

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Franchised businesses in the United States employed more than 9 million people in 2001 (the last figures available), according to the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation. In the same year, a total of 767,483 franchises, from retail food operations to automobile dealers, spent $229.1 billion in U.S. payroll. The foundation released its findings in March,… Continue Reading Franchise or concept?

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Double dipping has become a standard practice for state employees in Colorado and elsewhere. And it has nothing to do with shrimp and cocktail sauce. Double dipping, as it relates to state employees, is all about retirement and resurgence – public employees who retire, collect their PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association) pensions and then return… Continue Reading Double dipping: bad manners and bad ethics? (7710)

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